Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling (MSMHC)

Mission | Program Goals | Admission | Retention | Academic Probation | Graduation | Program Requirements | Course Descriptions

Core Faculty: Laura Bennett-Murphy (director), Seong-In Choi, Colleen Sandor, Janine Wanlass
Associate Faculty: Lesa Ellis, Angela Hicks, Jennifer Simonds, Barbara Smith

Program Mission

The Masters in Mental Health Counseling program at Westminster College educates students in the fundamentals of counseling theory and practice in an experiential and interpersonal learning environment that facilitates personal and professional growth. Our aim is to train professional counselors with a sound basis in ethical behavior, psychological theories, and professional counseling skills, creating a knowledge base and capacity for thinking that can be translated into effective counseling practice with individuals, families, and groups from diverse backgrounds. We strive to guide our students to become more self-aware and self-reflective as they hone their intellectual and emotional skills. We encourage critical thinking, emphasize professional honesty and integrity, and foster a commitment to providing services to local communities.

Program Goals

The program of study is designed to develop a student’s ability to:

Admission to the Program

See the Admission to the College section for admission requirements.

Retention in the Program

The student must:

Academic Probation Policy

See Grading and Academic Standards for graduate academic probation and suspension policies.

Appeals for Readmission

See Grading and Academic Standards for information on appeals for readmission.

Program Probation and Dismissal Policy

A student may receive a practicum/internship/classroom warning of program probationary status at any time during a field or classroom experience if the instructor determines that the student’s performance is unsatisfactory. The written warning will outline what the student must do to meet the course or program requirements. Students placed on program probation will be formally evaluated at the end of that course. Program probation will be removed if the student is able to satisfy the conditions listed in the written warning; however, any program probationary status will be documented in the student’s record.

A student can be dismissed from the Masters in Professional Counseling program for any of the following reasons:

Graduation Requirements

Candidates for graduation should apply to the Registrar’s Office approximately two regular semesters prior to planned completion of graduation requirements. Applications for December graduation are due in March and applications for May and August graduation are due in September. Please see the Academic Calendar for more specific dates. Candidates are notified of remaining degree requirements within four weeks after applying for graduation.
To be eligible for a master’s degree or graduate certificate, students must satisfy the following conditions:

Program Requirements

Students must complete at least 60 hours of graduate course work drawn from the following:

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 54  
MSMHC 605      Seminar in Professional Roles I (1)      
MSMHC 606      Seminar in Professional Roles II (1)       
MSMHC 610     Counseling Ethics (2)           
MSMHC 612     Statistics and Research Methods (3)        
MSMHC 614     Psychopathology and the DSM (3)          
MSMHC 618     Individual Psychotherapy (3)       
MSMHC 620     Infant and Child Development (3)         
MSMHC 622     Adolescent and Adult Development (3)      
MSMHC 625     Test and Measurement Theory (2)      
MSMHC 628     Group Psychotherapy (3)      
MSMHC 631     Applications of Cognitive Behavioral Theory (3)       
MSMHC 633     Child Psychotherapy (3)        
MSMHC 636     Clinical Assessment (3)      
MSMHC 639     Multicultural Counseling (3)     
MSMHC 640     Counseling Practicum (3)     
MSMHC 642     Substance Abuse Treatment (3)         
MSMHC 644     Applications of Psychodynamic Theory (3)          
MSMHC 645   Career Counseling and Development (3)      
MSMHC 660     Internship I (1–3)     
MSMHC 661     Internship II (1–3)    
II. Elective Courses 6  
MSMHC 650*   Special Topics Seminars (3)              
MSMHC  670*    Thesis Research (1–6)        
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE MSMHC DEGREE 60  

*All numbered courses are required; however, students may choose either 6 hours of special topics seminars or 6 hours of thesis research. Students are required to take and pass comprehensive exams prior to April 1st of their third year. (Students should be aware that completion of this program is partial preparation for licensure as an LCMHC, since additional clinical practice hours are needed to meet the licensure requirements. Utah requires 4,000 supervised clinical hours prior to licensure.)